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A mid-afternoon fire Sunday, Jan. 7, in York City damaged two row homes and displaced five people.

Firefighters were dispatched shortly before 3 p.m. to 119 Edgar St. for a blaze that started in the ceiling, according to York City Fire Chief David Michaels. 

The fire spread to the adjoining property at 117 Edgar St., which was vacant, he said.

The chief said the fire started accidentally at a light switch in the third floor. He estimated it took fire crews about 15 minutes to have the fire under control. Officials cleared the scene just before 5 p.m.

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Five residents — three adults and two children — along with two cats and four dogs were displaced, the chief said. 

The damage to the home is repairable, he said. 

“Most of the damage is to the third floor of 119,” he said. A damage estimate was not immediately available Monday, Jan. 8.

The Red Cross will be providing assistance to the family, Michaels said.

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